Changing the Culture of Substance Use is a project under Healthy Minds Healthy Campuses that was made to develop capacity in British Columbia’s campuses and a provincial support infrastructure towards changing the culture of substance use. The lead partners of the project are the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division (CMHA BC) and the Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC).
The ultimate goal of the project is for post-secondary students to experience and exhibit healthy relationships with alcohol and other substances within the context of a healthy campus culture. To help achieve this goal, the project aims to build local capacity among stakeholders at BC’s post-secondary institutions and collaboratively develop new mechanisms of change to promote healthier relationships with alcohol and other substance use on campuses. Several important resources have been developed in the project that are meant to guide the development of specific tools to promote elements of a comprehensive approach to substance use within a post-secondary institution’s community.